Rumsey Ride for STARS tops $40,000
The Rumsey Ride for STARS brought in 102 riders from all over Alberta this year to the TL Bar Ranch, raising over $40,000 in donations toward STARS – the most the fundraisier has seen donated in 27 years.
“We are just ecstatic. It is phenomenal, actually. We didn’t know what to expect because last year we did just under $40,000 and had more riders. And with the economy and everything, we were expecting to get hit back a bit. So to have this turn out with less riders is just phenomenal,” says organizer Rob Richmond.
Over 27 years, the Rumsey Ride for STARS has provided an opportunity for horse enthusiasts to trail ride together for a great cause. The event also features a pancake breakfast, a barbeque lunch, and a beef barbeque supper as well as games and awards.
This year's award categories were Most Raised by a Senior Rider (Lynn Tanner, $9,330), Most Raised by a Junior Rider (Raylee Jones, $2,200), and Oldest (Marvin Donaghy, age 88), Youngest Rider (Chesney Anderson, age 4).
Surprisingly, this year catered to a younger crowd of riders.
“We had more of the younger riders in the ride this year. There is a lot of older folks who do ride, but it is neat to see that we have a new generation participating,” says Richmond.
Horse enthusiasts of the Rumsey Ride for STARS preparing for their fundraising trek across the beautiful Alberta landscape. submitted